Ken Fiscus- stargazing since 1980. Now observing from a green zone.
Z12 on custom mount, Atomic EQ platform, 100% flocked, OMI primary, Astrocrumb filter slide with O-III, NPB, & skyglow filters. Focuser & spider rotated 45 degrees. New springs & Bob's Knobs, Telrad & 9x50 straight finder 35 & 24 Pans, TV 13,7,5 T6s
Custom Orion XT10 with piggyback XT4.5 on Round Table EQ Platform
Quote:Collimation. I'm sure there will be people that disagree but I don't think we need to even mention collimation the very first time a newbie asks us for help/recommendations. It is nowhere near important enough to sway someone away from reflectors.
MarkLeica 8x20; Nikon Action 7x35; Vixen Apex Pro 8x42; Orion 15x63; Docter Nobilem 15x60WO Megrez II 80 FD / APM 107mm f/6.5 / Mewlon 210 on DM-6 + Berlebach Planet
Quote:Collimation. I'm sure there will be people that disagree but I don't think we need to even mention collimation the very first time a newbie asks us for help/recommendations. I think most of us agree that collimation is important but also that it's easy. I don't think it should be entered on a newbie's pros and cons checklist- they're probably overwhelmed already. It is nowhere near important enough to sway someone away from reflectors. If collimation is going to be too-difficult a challenge for them, then stargazing is going to be a very short-lived part of their life.
My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars.
10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser); President, Eypieces Anonymous, Denver Chapter (Hello, I'm an eyepiece junky, what's your excuse?)
DAS Dark Site
Rob Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another..... Plato
CPC1100, Hyperstar III, Canon T3 (Full Spectrum Mod)
POD XL3 w/PZT (Promethean Visions Observatory) / www.promethean-visions.com
My Astrobin --> Escher's Astrobin Feed
We mostly come out at night... mostly.
GSO Z8 Degree Circle & Digital Level
Celestron 4"(102mm) SLT 660mm f/6.47
2" 30mm GSO WideView
9mm GSO Plossl
ES 82's : 4.7mm, 8.8mm, 11mm, 18mm
BGO's 5mm, 6mm, 9mm
2" 2X ED Astronomics Barlow & GSO 1.25" 2x Shorty
8-24 Baader Zoom III
Baader M&SG, Semi-Apo
Live Life Right. Aim High, Think High
Quote:As a newbie, collimation was a tad intimidating at first, now not so. What I did find far more difficult to deal with as a newbie were statements like:"I wouldn't recommend that scope. An f5 or faster newt is hard on eyepieces."If one wants to help ease the head-spinning noob syndrome, construct sentences that provide clarity... For a noob, that sentence might as well be written in latin.
Quote:They're always gonna ask. And good thing, cuz that's where we read how to do it and partly why we went with f/6, 2.6" secondary, etc.. Now, doin it is fun. But before the build, there were a few other things, too, that designed the scope more than we did.
Happy owner of--
A Mag 1, 12.5 inch Porta Ball
A Dual Axis Equatorial Platform
A PST Double Stack
-- Matt -observing since fall 2012 16" F/4.5 truss DOB / EON 120mm ED / 10" F/5 strut DOB Paracorr (T1 tunable),telrad, RACI finders, AltAz Tripod mount ES 82° 4.7,6.7,8.8,30mm AT Paradigm 60° 25,18,12mm Pentax XW 70° 20,14mm , Baader zoom observing list/notes.. beginning dslr astrophotos (moon/widefields)
Quote:...Of course my scopes are in worse "C" than when I started but that's not the point;)Gonna get a laser.
Quote:I just ignored any reference to"C" until id had my scopes a couple months and started to realize I could get sharper. Of course my scopes are in worse "C" than when I started but that's not the point;)
Gonna get a laser.
12 Skywatcher Collapsible Dobsonian (coming soon)
Celestron C102 HD " Carl"
Scope brand 60mmx 700mm " widger scope"
Celestron Comet catcher(orange tube)"Scott"
60mm Telescope Club
Quote:For those who remember the dse scopes youll know the secondary was on a single stalk, so it was never rocket science - grab the stalk and bend it, lol.
Quote:One of the first things I bought was a laser collimator but I can't figure out how to turn it on!